Harbaugh: Smith, Manning are 'elite' quarterbacks

November 9, 2011, 9:49 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- When discussing the two quarterbacks who will be on the field Sunday at Candlestick Park, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh described Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Alex Smith in much the same way."He's every bit the elite quarterback as there is playing in the game right now," Harbaugh said of Smith."I appreciate all the talent that he has and what he brings to our team," Harbaugh added. "There's evidence however you want to pick his performance apart. He's playing at a very high level."
When discussing what impressed him about the New York Giants' win over the New England Patriots on Sunday, Harbaugh said: "So many things. What a good football team they have. How well they play on the defensive front. And same with the offensive line -- just a really good team on the lines; very good, elite quarterback; and the skills positions receivers and backs are outstanding."